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A Ratings Game

Years ago, I heard my colleague Christopher Caldwell say something interesting (well, many interesting things, but here’s one of them): “The least overrated place in America is the Grand Canyon. The most overrated place is Yankee Stadium.”

Some things are what they’re cracked up to be. Other things — not so much.

Today in my “Istanbul Journal,” I marvel at the Topkapi Palace. Everyone says that it’s must-see, an all-time sight. Yeah, yeah: They say that about a lot of things, which have left me underwhelmed. (I fully recognize that the fault may lie in me, and probably does.) The Topkapi Palace, however, is a dazzler.

I thought I might propose a game, for those interested. What are the places you have found “least overrated”? And, conversely, “most overrated”? Supply the answers in the comments section, below, or write me at jnordlinger@nationalrevew.com. I’ll report on the answers “in due course” (as WFB would say).

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